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1650s, from Latin omnivorus "all-devouring," from omnis "all" (see omni -) + vorare "devour, swallow" (see voracity ). Related: Omnivorously ; omnivorousness .

From Proto-Indo-European *h₃ep-ni- ( “ working ” ) , from the verbal root *h₃ep- ( “ to work”, and hence “to possess ” ) . Related to ops and opus . It could also reflect the base Proto-Indo-European *h₁op- ( “ to work, to take ” ) (compare optō ), to which de Vaan gives a slight preference for semantic reasons.

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